4 Jan

In Greek mythology Despina was a sea nymph, a daughter of Poseidon.

In September, I joined the Sock Knitter’s Anonymous group on Ravelry, and as part of their Sockdown! challenge, this month’s designer is Cookie A. Seeing as how I’ve just knit three Monkeys in a row (I finished the second Shock the Monkey anklet yesterday), I thought I’d do something different. Accordingly, I cast on Pomatomus last night in the Merino/Optim blend that Mandie dyed up for me for Christmas (is she clever or what?). It is a gorgeous yarn and a pleasure to knit with; very sproingy and squooshy, and the colourway that Mandie was so anxious about? Well, see for yourself:



Sea blues, kelp greens and lush royal purple (please note the happy way the colours are scattered over the sock, no pooling or flashing at all). Add in the fishy reference of Pomatomus and I had to name this sock after oceanic royalty, didn’t I? (by the way, did you know Doris was the name of a sea goddess? I can’t help it, I just keep seeing a frowsy old mermaid with her hair in curlers and a cigarette hanging out the corner of her mouth).

I’m so happy with the way this sock is coming out. Cookie A’s pattern is genius, but that’s no surprise. What did surprise me is that despite the suggestion of difficulty in the designer’s notes and the scary-looking chart, it’s actually quite easy and logical. I won’t be as quick pumping these out as I was with the Monkeys, but that’s okay.


11 Responses to “Despina”

  1. Mandie January 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm #

    Phew…no flashing or pooling!
    I’ll be watching Pomatomus with interest ;-p

  2. Emilee January 4, 2008 at 3:50 pm #

    Those are lovely colors, and I’m so impressed that they’re behaving themselves!

  3. Taphophile January 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm #

    Divine socks and my all time favourite colour combo – absolute winner!

  4. kms January 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    beautiful yarn, doing exquisite justice to that pattern. noice 🙂

  5. amy January 4, 2008 at 11:40 pm #

    Coveting that colorway. I LOVES me greens and purples. What a great pattern-yarn combo. (What was the sock goddess’ name? Was there at least a sock nymph? Our Lady of the Perfectly Turned Heel?)

  6. becky c. January 4, 2008 at 11:41 pm #

    Wow! Those are going to be gorgeous!

  7. Regenia January 5, 2008 at 12:08 am #

    Those are going to be just awesome!

  8. tinkingbell January 5, 2008 at 7:06 am #

    Gorgeous – gorgeous pattern, absolutely lovely yarn and sock (I’ve been really scared of this one) maybe I will give it a try – after the other 300 on my list!

  9. Kate January 6, 2008 at 3:33 pm #

    my instinctive reaction as the picture downloaded? oho oohhhooo oohohoooh…..!

  10. KTMay January 8, 2008 at 2:16 am #

    I am totally and completely coveting that yarn! OMGoodness! I WANT! Socks are really beautiful!

  11. amanda j January 11, 2008 at 6:43 pm #

    They look fantastic. I saw them over at Ravelry on the SKA January knitalong thingy and admired them, then saw your comment on Bells’ blog and then clicked your link and lo! A coincidence! I just had to comment!

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